The good old background check has been employer’s go to for a number of years now. Before a reputable company makes their pick of anew employee, they submit for the trusty background check. By the looks of it the background check will be the go to for many years to come; however, these days companies can do a little extra research with a click of a button.
What Information is Out there about You?
Google, Yahoo, and Bing, just to name a few, have become a huge information source for companies looking to hire. Typing an individual’s name into the search bar brings up information you won’t see on a background check. Depending on the person being searched, this can be a good thing, or a not so good thing; chances are, some of the information found will not be hire worthy.
These days our entire lives are shared online; everything from engagement announcements to the inevitable, “Good morning!” We share status updates, tweets, images and videos without a second thought. We chat with friends, comment on their walls, retweet what catches our attention, and hash tag what we want to reiterate. While we’re having fun connecting with the world we are leaving behind a timeline and trail of information.
We are free to express ourselves, free to have opinions, and free to speak them, so what could be better than posting our thoughts to the whole world? Right? Well, it may feel right, in the moment anyways; but, when you’re looking to further your career you may want to rethink posting some things that could hurt your reputation later.
A background check says a lot about a person; however, in these modern times, some social media profiles say even more. We’ve grown accustomed to telling people about our day, and some of us even elaborating on the woes of the day. We hit the “post” button without even giving our words a second thought.
So what should you do before you walk into that big interview? How can you keep a squeaky clean image for your potential new boss? A few steps can help you keep your personal life within your friend group and out of the workplace. Cleaning up your online presence might take a little bit of time, but can we well worth it in the end.
Starting with your Facebook profile, help keep your personal life private by changing your profile settings. Make sure your settings let only your friends and followers see your posts. Let’s face it, sometimes we want to voice our opinions, but those opinions might not be intended for someone in our professional world to see, such as a potential boss. They don’t necessarily need to know how you feel about certain things. This separation helps you keep a good relationship with the people you work with.
Twitter has the same settings available. By adjusting your Twitter settings you can keep your posts between you and your friends. People trying to view your account will have little to no access to the information you choose to post. This allows you to have fun on your Twitter page and not have to worry about people you don’t know seeing what you’re up to.
Instagram is another popular social media outlet. It lets you post both, images and videos of the activities you have going on, pictures of yourself, family members, or friends. Just like its fellow social media sites, it too has privacy settings. These settings let you share your images and videos with friends and followers, yet keep them out of the world’s view. At any rate, you should be using discretion when posting any type of picture or video.
The same goes for your other social media profiles, such as Google+ and Pheed. The best way to clean up your online presence is to update your settings. In good measure, you should Google your name on occasion to see what information and pictures show up; you might be surprised at what is out there. Keep your personal information and sharing between you, your friends, and family. With security settings in place, you will have the freedom to enjoy using your profiles and share your life with your friends without compromising a new job opportunity.
Looking for someone? Ever considered using a dating site to meet people? Dating sites are now the second most popular way couples meet. There are a lot of people who try them out, yet some of us are still a little leery of them. To add to the uneasiness some of us have about dating sites, now there are more sites than ever. How do you choose?
Here are the top ten dating sites and a little information about each. Don’t forget to check them out before you go out. A little background check on your date or additional information can help you check them out, before you go out.
Match.com has been around for quite some time and seems to be a pioneer in the dating industry. They launched on the web back in 1995. Now they are the number one dating site. They service 24 countries and host sites in 15 different languages. Users can include up to 26 photos in their profiles and select preferences for who they are looking for. Users get instant access to other users in their area or in any area of interest.
Zoosk is one of the fastest growing dating sites. It integrates with social networks and has a smartphone application. It began as a Facebook application in 2007 and has since grown to become one of the largest online dating sites. It’s popular with younger dating crowd and has over 50 million users.
eHarmony is a little more on the sophisticated side. It takes the work out of finding your match. There is a comprehensive personality test each user takes to help them find singles based on compatibility. The site is so popular and successful that it accounts for two percent of United States marriages. Astonishingly, an average of over 500 couples get married every day in the United States as a result of eHarmony matches.
Christian Mingle focuses on Christian singles. They provide singles within certain faiths the best matches. On Christian Mingle, users have the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals. It is the largest dating site devoted to devout Christians. A user sets up a profile with all of their interests and what type of person they are looking for. They are then free to roam the site for their perfect match, as well as be sought out by other users that are interested.
OurTime.com is exclusively for singles that are ages 50 and older who are looking for relationships. The site has great features and an easy sign-up. The user-friendly layout is very helpful for its mature user base. A user puts in criteria that they are looking for in a mate and the search will return users that match the criteria in the specified area selected.
Chemistry.com is a partner with Match.com. The site features personalized options and chemistry tests. It is similar to eHarmony, but has a smaller user base. It is a great choice for commitment-minded singles.
Black People Meet is the largest online dating site for African-American singles. The site is visited by four percent of the United States population of African-Americans monthly. The site offers free trials and easy search capabilities. It also allows singles within any race or ethnicity.
SpeedDate.com is a site where users can go on five minute online “dates” with local singles. They do so via instant messenger or video chat. These short dates let users determine who they would like to go on a real date with. The site has a little over 300,000 users and browsing is free for the first seven days.
AdultFriendFinder.com isn’t a site about making friends. It isn’t a site focused on long term relationships either. Nevertheless, AdultFriendFinder makes the top 10 list of dating sites with over 25 million visits per month. The site is about finding short-term “hookups” rather than serious long-term relationships.
SeniorPeopleMeet.com has just shy of 2.5 million visits a month. The site is for singles ages 55 and older who are looking for a range of relationships, from deep relationships to casual dates. The site features unique navigation tools that make it easy for users to communicate. Even a mature audience can feel safe on the site with its user friendly features. The site offers a free trial that lets new users search people in their area.
The days of wondering where you can meet your soul mate are over; with the variety of sites available for finding a match, someone is sure to find that special somebody. Of course, caution should always be used when meeting a date in person for the first time. Be sure that somebody knows where you are meeting and you should always meet in a public place until you are completely comfortable.
If you are single and looking to mingle but still want to be safe. It’s always best to “check them out, before you go out” so conducting a background check is quite common in the dating world. Wouldn’t it be nice to know a little about someone, especially if they have any criminal records or if they are a home owner or not. Depending on what you’re looking for most people don’t include these details in a dating profile.
Searching for a new home is an exciting experience, but with the vastness of the internet, doing your home shopping online can become overwhelming. Each real estate site offers something different.
The same home with listings on multiple sites can even cause confusion. Maybe information doesn’t match up or you’re seeing different asking prices for the same property. When searching for homes online the best way to keep from being overwhelmed is to find a site that meets your needs and stick with it. When you have questions that need answers you can contact agents who make their information available on the site. They’ll be familiar with the site and be able to help you find your new home.
Trulia was founded in 2005. When home searching online you’re looking for all the information you need to make an informed decision. There are many things homebuyers need in a new home. They need to stay within a budget and get the most house they can for their money, yes, but they also need to be in specific school zones. They need an easy commute to work and to know crime rates for neighborhoods. When buyers search through listings on Trulia they get all of this and more. With Trulia, when you’re ready to look at a home you can contact helpful agents that list their information on the site for convenience.
Zillow has a database of over 100 million homes in the US. The site displays homes for sale and homes for rent. Zillow even has homes listed that are not currently for sale. This added feature gives users a look at what has sold, or what homes values are in a neighborhood. Like Trulia, Zillow was also founded in 2005. It has since become one of the biggest real estate sites on the web. The term Zestimate is what Zillow calls their “Zillow estimate.” It is the Zillow estimate market value for a property for sale or rent. This added feature lets home buyers know home values in a given area to help point them in the right direction for their home buying.
RealEstate.com has a database full of homes for sale, new construction, foreclosures, and rentals. The accumulation of RealEstate.com’s listings come from listing services nationwide. This accumulation helps RealEstate.com provide accurate and up-to-date information on properties for sale. If you also need to sell your current home you can take advantage of RealEstate.com’s home value estimator. A local Real Estate agent can also get you a Comparable Market Assessment if you need one. Like Trulia, RealEstate.com also shows information on schools and local communities. With the added helpful resources on RealEstate.com you’ll be able to narrow down your search to help find the property that’s perfect for you and meets all of your needs. When you need a helping hand local real estate agents are just a click away and are ready to help.
Realtor.com covers the United States and Canada. Their database is an accumulation of over 800 MLS databases. Not only can you access Realtor.com on your computer, but it is also available on your iPad, iPhone, and you Android. You can take Realtor.com with you as you drive around looking at properties. Realtor.com has listings for houses not currently on the market, houses for sale, apartments and houses for rent, and additional properties. You have detailed information about properties at the click of a button. For an even better experience on Realtor.com they provide you with a calculator, guides, buying tips, moving quotes, homes insurance quotes, and storage quotes.
While searchbug.com doesn’t offer specific homes for sale, they do offer various cool tools for looking up addresses, current and previous owner information as well as tools that let you find specific house numbers or street names. Say you’re looking for a specific street name within a zip code, we have tools for that.
Want to know if someone died in the house you’re considering purchasing, well cruise on over to diedinhouse.com and see what they say about the homes for sale.
This year brought in billions of Bing searches. Searchers wanted details on everything from the top movies to controversial sports stars. Yearly search trends give us insight on what has captured the attention of people all over the world. According to Bing the top searches include search data from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.
A wide range of movies was released this year. Everything from sci-fi to dramas topped the searches. The number one movie searched in 2013 was the much anticipated “Iron Man 3” film. The animated film “Despicable Me 2” was the sequel to “Despicable Me” and came in at number three in the searches for movies. The remake of the original film starring Robert Redford, “The Great Gatsby” was a big blockbuster hit and made the number seven spot. Number ten on Bing’s search list is “Man of Steel.”
Tim Tebow was the number one most searched sports star for 2013. His unapologetic outwardly expressed religious beliefs coupled with a year of struggling to find his place in the NFL, secured him the top spot. Tiger Woods followed at number two and Lindsey Vonn took the number three search spot. Derek Jeter and Maria Sharapova take ninth and tenth place respectively. Kevin Ware, Danica Patrick, and Dwight Howard also were among the top ten.
The most searched people in the world included Miley Cyrus and teen sensation Justin Bieber. Miley was 2013’s most searched person in Australia and Canada while Justin Bieber was the most searched in the United Kingdom and Germany. Brazil, China, and India’s most searched people were Bruna Marquezine, Wen Zhang, and Salman Khan. Both Rihana and David Bisbal made the top searched list for Spain and France. Rounding out the world’s most searched people are Danmitsu and Belen Rodriguez for Japan and Italy.
The United States’ number one most search person for 2013 had an exciting year. She made an unforgettable appearance at the Super Bowl, reuniting with her former singing group during her performance. Her incredible year helped her beat out last year’s most searched person and knock her down to the number two spot. Beyonce Knowles is this year’s most searched person and most searched musician.
Kim Kardashian made the number one spot in 2012, but was respectfully beat out by Beyonce this year and took the number two spot. Lindsay Lohan (who made the top ten list last year) can breathe a sigh of relief. Her quiet time spent to herself this year gave Amanda Bynes the opening to make the list for her troubled antics. Amanda Bynes made Bing’s top ten list at number eight after a very public breakdown on the social network, Twitter.
Taylor Swift narrowly made last year’s list at number ten, yet made the leap to the number four most searched person in the year 2013. She had a busy year with her “Red” album release and tour. Her singles topped the charts and her dating life seemed to take a backseat due to her busy schedule. She finished up her successful year by adding to her American Music Awards award collection where she won Artist of the Year.
Miley Cyrus, coming in at number nine and Justin Bieber, coming in at number six, gave us jaw dropping moments throughout 2013. Miley left her long haired southern style in the dust and went all out with short, shorter, and shortest haircuts that kept shocking fans. In addition, Miley went bleach blond, made twerking a new “thing” and gave a number of attention grabbing performances. While Miley transformed her image, Justin gave international performances and left his innocent image behind causing trouble for himself along the way.
2013 was an exciting searchable year. Only time will tell what next year will bring and who and what will grab our interest.